Elite private schools & polio vaccination
Elite capital schools refuse polio vaccination
Islamabad, Sep 24: The managements of almost all elite private schools of the
capital city have refused to allow administration of polio vaccine to children
during the recently-concluded polio immunisation campaign, learnt
here on Tuesday.
The district health administration of Islamabad - one
of the 56 high-risk districts - took part in the additional (Ramazan) polio
round conducted from September 15-17.
Most elite schools of Islamabad
refused to allow the vaccination teams to enter their premises. An official
working for the district health administration informed that they had been
facing problems in achieving their target because the administrations of private
schools, especially leading chain systems, had refused to get their students
vaccinated against the deadly poliovirus.
An official working for the
Expanded Programme on Immunisation revealed that after the detection of two P1
Type and one P3 Type cases from Islamabad in the high transmission season, it
was necessary that each and every child of Islamabad gets his share of the vital
polio vaccine. "The moment a new case is confirmed, the life of almost 50,000
children under the age of five living in the surrounding areas is in danger of
getting the virus. Refusing schools must get these children vaccinated so that
their immunity levels are brought up to optimum levels," he
According to the official, one of the many reasons behind this
massive refusal could be the lack of awareness regarding extra doses of the
crucial polio vaccine. "Children getting routine vaccination as per their
vaccination cards is a big issue, as schools did not allow vaccination teams to
enter their premises saying that their children have completed the routine
vaccination and they do not need any further doses. It is the responsibility of
hospitals and doctors to inform parents regarding the massive need for such
doses," he said.
According to the target set for the campaign, about 25
million children under the age of five were to be administered anti-polio
vaccine in the whole province.
Pakistan has reported 57 cases during the
current year, out of which Punjab has reported 12, Sindh 16, Balochistan 6,
Islamabad 3 and NWFP is leading the count with 21 positive polio cases.
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Students of women college to stage sit-in against teachers
Islamabad: The students of Islamabad Commerce College for Women, F-10/3, would
stage sit in today (Wednesday) against strict punishment and humiliated
behaviour of the college administration and teachers.
The students of
B-Com and I-Com of Women College of Commerce, F-8/3, while narrating their
problems underlined that they were subjected to physical torture even in the
holy month of Ramazan without any solid reason and they were forced to stand in
open place under sun.
They underscored that the physical punishment by
the teachers have become daily routine and it is difficult for them to pay
attention to their studies.
The students alleged that the teachers
including Nosheen Zahoor, Amna Afzal, Huma Iram and other teachers behaved
immorally with them and threatened them to expel from the college while the
principal of the college also does not take any action. The News
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50pc cut in fare for students urged
Islamabad: Members of the Youth Parliament strongly condemned the
attacks in Islamabad in a call to attentions notice, put forward by Aurangzeb
Marri (YP55SINDH07). He requested the government to bring out a tangible
solution to the problem and requested the foreign minister to work on the
policies related to this serious issue.
The Youth Parliament unanimously
agreed to the plea and the Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Babar (YP21PUNJAB02)
referred the matter to the relevant committee for policy formulation.The Prime
Minister Ahmed Ali Babar (YP21PUNJAB02) won the Vote of Confidence in the
parliament under the Rule 19 of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Business
in the Youth Parliament 2008. †
Muhammad Rafique Wassan (YP59SINDH11),
Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights announced the elected
member chairs of the Standing Committees: Waqar Nayyar (YP05BALOCHISTAN03),
Foreign Affairs & Defence,† Umair Farrukh Raja (YP36PUNJAB17), Education,
Health and Environment, Ms. Maria Ishaq (YP26PUNJAB07), Culture, Sports and
Youth Affairs, Syed Waqas Ali Kausar (YP01AJK01), Law, Parliamentary Affairs and
Human Rights, Noor (YP08FATA01), Information and Ahmed Javed (YP23PUNJAB04),
Finance, Planning Affairs and Economics.
Zameer Ahmed Malik (YP50SINDH02) and
Waqas Aslam Rana (YP38PUNJAB19) moved a motion on the energy crisis prevailing
The House debated on the issue and people discussed about the
possible solutions and recommendations to cope with it. The house unanimously
passed this resolution as well.A resolution was put forward by Muhammad Khalil
Tahir, (YP02-AJK02) on up to 50 percent discounts in the local† transport fee
Suggestions were put forward to have special considerations for
women and senior citizens, and the physically impaired. The House unanimously
agreed on the resolution. Another resolution on stablishing a Youth Fund
proposed by Hira Batool Rizvi (YP15-NWFP03), for the purpose of educating the
deprived and needy youth, was also passed by the House.† Altogether, three
resolutions were passed on the floor. During the session break, Javed , Former
Senator and Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting, addressed the
He congratulated the leader of the House and the leader of
the opposition. He condemned the attacks in Islamabad. He advised young men† not
to stigmatise politics as it is the most venerable mode of public service.
further explained the concept of democracy to the members of youth Parliament
and explained that democracy is a continuously evolving phenomenon. The
discussion was followed by a questions and answers round. The Nation
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